There is no job for life anymore. Years ago, you studied, you went to college, you were a good boy/girl, you got a job, you worked in that job, you received raises/promotions, you retired with a pension, and you died.
It's WAY different out there not only for millennials, but for all workers.
The World Economic Forum has a new report out listing some of the areas of the world, industry and techniques to help workers succeed in today's marketplace. Here are some highlights:
- The job for life model is dead.
- There is a need to retool yourself and you should not expect to stop.
- We need a generation of workers who are hungry to learn and eager to keep pace with the times.
- Organizations across industries will look for curious, flexible, data-driven minds.
- Offer solid development opportunities which will instill the loyalty we’ve seen erode over the last few decades.
- Millennials will work hard if you develop the skills they need to advance and improve their long-term career prospects.
Bottom line — individuals, companies and even nations will see their skillsets become outdated. Technological change is a top global challenge — it is going to require extraordinary effort to keep pace. You need to integrate continuous learning into your workday — millennial, gen-x, gen-y, or even a boomer.
Take a class, learn online, play with KhanAcademy.com, read a book, listen to podcasts, audit lectures — DO SOMETHING.
I am encouraged by the attitude of younger workers who have set their sights on a regular and relentless pursuit of learning.
Check out the report here.